High School: Franklin pulls away from Taunton in the second half, winning 35-14

October 7, 2022

By Ryan Martin NEFJ Correspondent TAUNTON- After last week’s loss to King Philip, Taunton was looking to put themselves back in the win column for the inaugural game at Aleixo Tiger Stadium. Unfortunately for the hosts, Franklin came into town and acted like they were the ones cutting the ribbon. The Panthers seemed to be in control throughout the game and cruised to a 35-14 win. Taunton, who had played…

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High School: Franklin 21, North Attleboro 20; Panthers squeak by Red Rocketeers for big win

October 1, 2022

By Ryan Martin NEFJ Correspondent NORTH ATTLEBORO – For the first time since 2015, Franklin traveled to Community Field for a matchup against North Attleboro. The visitors hung onto a 21-20 win thanks to some late stops in a game where points came in bunches. Fresh off a bye week, the Red Rocketeers (2-1) came out of the gates firing. Sophomore QB Chase Frisoli and company picked up two first…

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High School: Franklin head coach Eian Bain releases new book

June 22, 2022

Husband, dad, coach…author? Eian Bain and the Franklin football team have reached some pretty remarkable levels of success under his leadership the last few years, and while eyes have already been on 2023 for a while now, Bain recently decided to dip his toe into the writing pool. The Panthers’ head coach recently released “Creating Your Passing Game…How To Lay The Foundation For An Elite Passing Attack,” on Amazon, a…

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High School: Franklin finishes pre-playoff schedule unbeaten with huge defensive effort against Milford

October 29, 2021

MILFORD – When Franklin and Milford took the field on Friday night for a game that was an ultimate statement game for both teams to close out the regular season, no one in the packed crowd believed it would be a defensive struggle. That’s exactly what the massive student sections, parents, teachers, alumni and everyone else on hand got though as the Scarlet Hawks and Panthers dueled in a low-scoring…

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High School: New England Football Journal Game of the Week presented by Gold Athletics: Franklin 28, Mansfield 10

October 2, 2021

FRANKLIN – In 2009, Tom Brady had only won three Super Bowls and was a year removed from a torn ACL. The Red Sox had only won two World Series titles, the Celtics were the defending NBA champions and the Bruins were two years away from winning a Stanley Cup. It was also the last time Franklin had beaten Hockomock League rival Mansfield…until Friday night. Thanks to four touchdown passes…

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High School: What We Learned: North Attleboro 20 King Philip 19

September 26, 2021

Another week, another Hockomock rivalry game that came down to the wire. For the second straight week, North Attleboro was involved in a nail biter. This time however, it was the Red Rocketeers who came from behind to win 20-19. Here is what we learned. 1. North Attleboro is resilient: Say what you will about North, but they are resilient. Don Johnson and his veteran staff never panic. They stay…

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High School: Mansfield rallies to beat North Attleboro in a classic

September 18, 2021

NORTH ATTLEBORO- Mansfield and North Attleboro haven’t faced each other since 2014 but their long time rivalry didn’t skip a beat on Friday night. In a game that will be long remembered by players, coaches and fans alike, Mansfield came from behind to beat North Attleboro 31-29 in double overtime. For three quarters the game was a defensive struggle dominated by North Attleboro whose defense in particular played well. The…

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High School: NEFJ SHOWCASE OF THE WEEK – Mansfield 20, Milford 7

March 21, 2021

It was one of the most hyped games in the history of March football. Okay, so that’s obviously not a long history, but any time you have a defending state champion and a young, hungry league rival looking to knock them off, you’re going to get buzz whether it’s November or March. When No. 4 Mansfield visited No. 14 Milford for a huge Hockomock League tilt on Saturday, several local…

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High School: NEFJ Featured Team of the Week – Mansfield

October 23, 2020

Since the fall of 1988, Mansfield head coach Michael Redding has seen and done just about everything there is to do within the realm of Massachusetts football. However, this year has obviously been like no other, and Redding has learned quite a bit about himself and more importantly about his players and their ability to roll with the punches. “Be patient,” Redding has constantly told his team this fall. “It’s…

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